6 Instant Pots and Pressure Cookers Worth the Counter Space

Best pressure cookers of 2022 Editor's picks

You’ve probably heard rave reviews from family and friends: “Instant Pots are so easy to use! Pressure cookers are a total time-saver!” And now you may be wondering how to choose the best Instant Pot or pressure cooker for your lifestyle. (Looking for easy and delicious Instant Pot recipes? Check out these eight meals the whole family will devour.)

But first, what is a pressure cooker, and how is it different from an Instant Pot?

  • Pressure cooker: A sealed pot that uses steam pressure to cook food quickly. If it’s also a multi-cooker, it may have extra settings like slow cooking, air frying and dehydrating.
  • Instant Pot: A brand of multi-cookers that allow you to cook fast (with the pressure-cooker setting) or slow (like a slow cooker), often with just the press of a button. Again, there may be additional settings for steaming, warming, cooking rice and more.

The perks of either style:

  • Pressure cooking can reduce cook time by up to 70 percent[1]
  • It removes the guesswork with pre-set cooking times and heat levels
  • You can set it and go about your day

So, which pressure cooker or Instant Pot should you choose? We’ve sifted through the options to help you find the perfect match for your kitchen.

Our editor’s picks

Capacity: 8 quarts

Cooking programs: 10 food presets

Cooking bowl material: Stainless steel

Lid type: Cookware

Warranty: 1 year limited

  • The automatic keep-warm function works for up to 10 hours.

  • Does not come with cooking accessories.

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Capacity: 4.5 quarts

Cooking programs: 12 food presets

Cooking bowl material: Stainless steel

Lid type: Cookware

Warranty: 5-year limited warranty

  • Comes with a rice rinser/food steaming basket and a rice paddle.

  • May not be big enough to feed a larger crowd.

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Capacity: 8 quarts

Cooking programs: 12 functions, 14 safety features, TenderCrisp technology

Cooking bowl material: Ceramic-coated pot

Lid type: Twist lock

Warranty: 1-year manufacturers warranty

  • The extra-large eight-quart pot allows you to cook for a crowd.

  • It’s pricier than some other large-quantity pressure cookers.

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Best Pressure Cooker with Slow-Cooking Ability
Crock-Pot 6-Quart Express Pot Pressure Cooker

Capacity: 6 quarts

Cooking programs: 8 one-touch meal settings, 4 one-touch cook functions

Cooking bowl material: Non-stick

Lid type: Airtight locking lid

Warranty: 1 year limited

  • This six-quart non-stick Crock-Pot is dishwasher safe.

  • Learning and remembering how to use the different functions can be tricky.

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Capacity: 6 quarts

Cooking programs: 15 food presets

Cooking bowl material: Stainless steel

Lid type: Airtight locking lid

Warranty: 1 year limited

  • The delay-start timer means you can get breakfast going the night before.

  • Does not come with a cookbook for Instant Pot cooking.

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Capacity: 8.5 quarts

Cooking programs: 11 preset cooking functions

Cooking bowl material: Removable, non-stick pot

Lid type: Twist lock

Warranty: 1 year with proof of purchase

  • Has automatic and manual steam release.

  • Larger model may be hard to store in small kitchens.

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In this guide
Best Instant Pot Overall
Instant Pot 8-Quart 6-in-1 Multi-Use Electric Pressure Cooker Instant Pot 8-Quart 6-in-1 Multi-Use Electric Pressure Cooker Instant Pot 8-Quart 6-in-1 Multi-Use Electric Pressure Cooker Instant Pot 8-Quart 6-in-1 Multi-Use Electric Pressure Cooker Instant Pot 8-Quart 6-in-1 Multi-Use Electric Pressure Cooker Instant Pot 8-Quart 6-in-1 Multi-Use Electric Pressure Cooker Instant Pot 8-Quart 6-in-1 Multi-Use Electric Pressure Cooker Instant Pot 8-Quart 6-in-1 Multi-Use Electric Pressure Cooker
  • Capacity: 8 quarts

  • Cooking programs: 10 food presets

  • Cooking bowl material: Stainless steel

  • Lid type: Cookware

  • Warranty: 1 year limited

The eight-quart size is ideal for a big batch of chicken soup, but not so large that it cramps your counter space. Aside from its relatively small footprint, this programmable multi-cooker also replaces six small kitchen appliances by combining the functions of a pressure cooker, slow cookerrice cooker, steamer and warmer—and it sautés, too. You’ll be whipping up everything from porridge to rice pilaf in no time.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • This Instant Pot also has a cake setting and an egg program.

  • The automatic keep-warm function works for up to 10 hours for added convenience.

  • It’s built for up to four hours of pressure-cooking, plus it has a start delay so you can fill the pot before bed or work and program it to start up to 24 hours later.

Cons
  • While this pot comes with a variety of convenient one-press functions, it does not come with cooking accessories.

The draw
We recently got the Lux 8 qt. and it was so easy to set up and use. Cleanup was fast, and the ceramic coating on the inner pot is so much nicer than plain stainless steel! Looking forward to many more fast, delicious meals!
-bc51025, originally posted on Corelle Brands
The downside
Wish it came with a glass lid and accessories.
-Photochik, originally posted on Walmart.ca
Best Multicooker on a Budget
Hamilton Beach 37571 Digital MultiCooker Hamilton Beach 37571 Digital MultiCooker Hamilton Beach 37571 Digital MultiCooker Hamilton Beach 37571 Digital MultiCooker Hamilton Beach 37571 Digital MultiCooker Hamilton Beach 37571 Digital MultiCooker Hamilton Beach 37571 Digital MultiCooker Hamilton Beach 37571 Digital MultiCooker Hamilton Beach 37571 Digital MultiCooker
  • Capacity: 4.5 quarts

  • Cooking programs: 12 food presets

  • Cooking bowl material: Stainless steel

  • Lid type: Cookware

  • Warranty: 5-year limited warranty

This pot is pint-sized at just four and a half quarts, but that actually makes it an ideal option for students and singles. Cooking for one (or two!) has never been easier. This hard-working multi-cooker has all the same smart features as its bigger counterparts, but it’s compact enough to slide easily into a cupboard when you want to tuck it away.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • It’s practically foolproof thanks to several built-in features, including a countdown timer and delay start, so you can prepare meals for cooking up to 15 hours in advance.

  • It comes with many of the same accessories as the larger multicookers, including a rice rinser/food steaming basket, rice measuring cup and a rice paddle.

Cons
  • This model can make up to 20 cups of rice at a time. If you need to feed a larger crowd, this may not be big enough.

The draw
I love everything about it. From the timer countdown and warming feature once the timer has expired , to the steamer up top. It came with a spoon and rice measuring cup which I find very helpful.
-Missy85, originally posted on hamiltonbeach.com
The downside
Minimal instructions came with the pot so it took me some time to learn how to use it. I really wish a cookbook for the multicooker had been included because I am having to guess how to use it.
-Charsm, originally posted on hamiltonbeach.com
Best Pressure Cooker with Air Fryer
Ninja Foodi 8-Quart 9-in-1 Deluxe XL Pressure Cooker & Air Fryer Ninja Foodi 8-Quart 9-in-1 Deluxe XL Pressure Cooker & Air Fryer Ninja Foodi 8-Quart 9-in-1 Deluxe XL Pressure Cooker & Air Fryer Ninja Foodi 8-Quart 9-in-1 Deluxe XL Pressure Cooker & Air Fryer Ninja Foodi 8-Quart 9-in-1 Deluxe XL Pressure Cooker & Air Fryer Ninja Foodi 8-Quart 9-in-1 Deluxe XL Pressure Cooker & Air Fryer Ninja Foodi 8-Quart 9-in-1 Deluxe XL Pressure Cooker & Air Fryer Ninja Foodi 8-Quart 9-in-1 Deluxe XL Pressure Cooker & Air Fryer Ninja Foodi 8-Quart 9-in-1 Deluxe XL Pressure Cooker & Air Fryer
  • Capacity: 8 quarts

  • Cooking programs: 12 functions, 14 safety features, TenderCrisp technology

  • Cooking bowl material: Ceramic-coated pot

  • Lid type: Twist lock

  • Warranty: 1-year manufacturers warranty

Meet the ultimate in do-it-all kitchen appliances. In addition to steaming, sautéing and pressure cooking, this impressive gadget slow cooks, dehydrates (hello, DIY fruit leathers), makes yogurt and broils food, for crispy, caramelized dishes. Did we mention that this Ninja air fries, too? Just imagine all of the air-fried chicken and veggies you’ll be able to make! We’ve rounded up 7 easy air fryer recipes for families to get you started.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • The extra-large eight-quart pot allows you to cook for a crowd.

  • With 14 rigorously tested safety features in place, you can cook with peace of mind.

  • The five-quart air fryer basket is non-stickdishwasher safe and hefty enough to hold a seven-pound chicken.

Cons
  • This is a large and heavy unit, weighing 26 lbs, which may make it challenging to store in your kitchen.

  • It’s pricier than some other large-quantity pressure cookers.

The draw
I think the air fry setting is very nice. I prefer that over frying with oil. This makes cooking a lot simpler and quicker, perfect for people who don’t have much time or who are not very skilled at cooking.
-Yoan, originally posted on sharkninja.com
The downside
Works as advertised... Just wish the warm-up cycle was faster. Takes 20-30 minutes to warm up.
-Steve, originally posted on sharkninja.com
Best Pressure Cooker with Slow-Cooking Ability
Crock-Pot 6-Quart Express Pot Pressure Cooker Crock-Pot 6-Quart Express Pot Pressure Cooker Crock-Pot 6-Quart Express Pot Pressure Cooker Crock-Pot 6-Quart Express Pot Pressure Cooker Crock-Pot 6-Quart Express Pot Pressure Cooker Crock-Pot 6-Quart Express Pot Pressure Cooker Crock-Pot 6-Quart Express Pot Pressure Cooker Crock-Pot 6-Quart Express Pot Pressure Cooker
  • Capacity: 6 quarts

  • Cooking programs: 8 one-touch meal settings, 4 one-touch cook functions

  • Cooking bowl material: Non-stick

  • Lid type: Airtight locking lid

  • Warranty: 1 year limited

Whether you’re one to prep a meal in the morning to cook all day—or the type who forgets about dinner, then realizes they need a healthy home-cooked meal ASAP—this multi-cooker has your back. Four cooking functions mean you can steam, slow cook, pressure cook or sauté with ease. Plus, it has eight pre-sets for meats and stews, beans and chili, rice and risotto, poultry, dessert, soups, yogurts and multi-grains. You can make pretty much whatever you want whenever you want.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • This six-quart non-stick Crock-Pot is dishwasher safe.

  • The machine comes with a recipe bookserving spoon and steaming rack.

  • delay-start timer and keep-warm setting provide lots of flexibility when it comes to timing your meals just right.

Cons
  • It can be tricky to learn and remember how to use all the different functions.

The draw
It is so efficient and easy to use compared to my standard Crock-Pot. I love how meals can cook in 15 minutes. This has changed dinner time for our family.
-Jojie7, originally posted on crock-pot.com
The downside
My only complaint would be that it’s a little hard to find recipes online specifically for this appliance and I do wish it had a manual setting.
-Thisdomesticbliss, originally posted on crock-pot.com
Best Instant Pot for Busy Mornings
Instant Pot 6-Quart Viva 9-IN-1 Pressure Cooker Instant Pot 6-Quart Viva 9-IN-1 Pressure Cooker Instant Pot 6-Quart Viva 9-IN-1 Pressure Cooker Instant Pot 6-Quart Viva 9-IN-1 Pressure Cooker Instant Pot 6-Quart Viva 9-IN-1 Pressure Cooker Instant Pot 6-Quart Viva 9-IN-1 Pressure Cooker
  • Capacity: 6 quarts

  • Cooking programs: 15 food presets

  • Cooking bowl material: Stainless steel

  • Lid type: Airtight locking lid

  • Warranty: 1 year limited

The most important meal of the day will be easier than ever to pull off with this smart multi-use pressure cooker. The egg cooking program preps soft, medium and even sous vide eggs to perfection. You can also make porridge in mere minutes and banana bread is yet another option. (Yes, we consider banana bread a breakfast food!) It’s the ideal size for a family of four.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • The delay-start timer means you can get breakfast going the night before, and the keep-warm function holds the temperature of the dish until you’re ready to serve it.

  • With 15 smart built-in programs, you can make soups, stews and rice dishes in addition to breakfast favourites.

  • The brushed stainless-steel exterior comes with a large, easy-to-read display panel.

Cons
  • Some users wish it had clearer instructions included in the box, but there are plenty of resources on instantpot.com.

  • Does not come with a cookbook for Instant Pot cooking.

The draw
I am wondering why I didn't get one sooner!! This thing can have a meal ready in no time...freezer to dinner in 45 minutes to an hour.
-JBBartz, originally posted on Walmart.com
The downside
Love the versatility of this appliance. One drawback is the silicone sealing ring picks up and retains odors from the food, which apparently happens with any brand of these pressure cooking pots.
-Mary, originally posted on Walmart.com
Best Pressure Cooker for Large Families
Starfrit 8.5-Quart Electric Pressure Cooker Starfrit 8.5-Quart Electric Pressure Cooker Starfrit 8.5-Quart Electric Pressure Cooker Starfrit 8.5-Quart Electric Pressure Cooker Starfrit 8.5-Quart Electric Pressure Cooker Starfrit 8.5-Quart Electric Pressure Cooker
  • Capacity: 8.5 quarts

  • Cooking programs: 11 preset cooking functions

  • Cooking bowl material: Removable, non-stick pot

  • Lid type: Twist lock

  • Warranty: 1 year with proof of purchase

If you’re into batch cooking, this eight-and-a-half-quart model might be the pressure cooker for you! The hefty size is ideal for prepping several meals at once. It’s also perfect for a large family or for feeding a crowd. Best of all, there are 11 one-touch settings to choose from including beans, soup, fish and rice, plus the coveted yogurt function.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • You’ll never have to worry about whether you remembered to close the steam-release valve because this one does it automatically when you seal the lid.

  • Comes with accessories including a rice spatula/server, steam tray and a measuring cup.

Cons
  • The larger model may be hard to store in small kitchens.

The draw
I cook a lot of beans, lentils, peas, and rice, and this pressure cooker is perfectly suited for it. It does extremely well with soups and chilis as well. It has a variety of settings and is extremely user-friendly.
-Yoshi42, originally posted on starfrit.com
The downside
Would have been better if the instructions were more clear.
-Majay, originally posted on starfrit.com
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